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September 20th

Pratik Patel of the African Wildlife Trust
Audubon Zoo, 6p.m.
Tanzanian wildlife official speaks on conservation


A Lie of the Mind
Midcity Theatre, 7:30p.m.
Sam Shepard’s award-winning play looks deep into families’ anguish ($20)


Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 8p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.
Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy takes Chekhovian figures to Pennsylvania ($35+)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adaption of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Joy Theater, 9p.m.
A New Orleans legend returns home from tour


Afghan Whigs
Civic, 9p.m.
Cincinnati alt rockers return with their first new album in a decade ($30)


Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Other Planets
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
Get lost with this Grammy-nominated Cajun band


Black & Gold Kick Off Party
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Celebrate Saints season with Dumpstaphunk, Good Enough For Good Times, & Gypsyphonic Disko ($17)


Siberia, 10p.m.
Tampa post-punk; playing with Direct Attack, Heat Dust, TV-MA ($8)


Siren Sea
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Independent pop duo from Dallas ($5)


Big Sam's Funky Nation
Blue Nile, 10p.m.
Trombonist "Big Sam" Williams leads this municipality of Who Dat Nation


Hot 8 Brass Band
d.b.a., 11p.m.

Experience the brass band that locals love ($10)


Carrollton Station, 11p.m.
NOLA’s only Russian Mafia band play a late-night show Uptown


September 21st

Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
Superdome, 12p.m.

First home game of the regular season. Geaux Saints!!


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 2p.m.
The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)


Thin Walls
Shadowbox Theater, 4p.m.
A dark comedy by Michael Allen Zell


Louisiana History Alive!
Shadowbox Theatre, 8p.m
This month ft. Baroness Pontalba and "Mother of Orphans" Margaret Haughery


Gal Holiday & the Honky-Tonk Revue
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Authentic N.O. honky-tonk rock


Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 10p.m.
Experience the brass band locals love


Elaine Greer
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
Singer-songwriter based in Austin, TX ($5)

Film Review: Zero Theorem

Heath Ledger's death midway through shooting marred his Terry Gilliam's last effort. Watching his first work since proved a joyless exercise. Though he's been on a slide since his splendid Time Bandits [1981], the American who worked his way into Monty Python via animation once offered visually unique, deeply flawed films that are fun to argue over. Can anyone who doesn't have a drug dependency really like The Fisher King [1991]?  Is Baron Munchausen [1988] good or just pretty in spots?  Unfortunately, The Zero Theorem, though better than his disastrous Jabberwocky [1977], looks far too much like Brazil [1985].

Film Review: Hannah and her Sisters

It's Woody Allen's last great film. That's a hard judgment on Crimes and Misdemeanors [1989], which was smart enough to show the world Alan Alda was an asshole by conning Alda into playing Alan Alda under the fig leaf of a stage name. For a man who had been at the pinnacle of comedy and filmmaking (treading in Allen's home waters as it were), the exposure (along with a couple of Alda-directed bombs) sealed Alda's fate as a contemporary filmmaker.&nbsp

Film Review: The Last Sentence

In the glow of Ingmar Bergman, you might forget that Sweden has other filmmakers. Jan Troell's The Last Sentence [Dom over dod man] is so forgettable you'll keep on forgetting. The feature follows Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt as he writes caustic editorials about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler from 1933 until Segerstedt's death in 1945. While becoming Sweden's most prominent anti-Nazi, Segerstedt had a long-time adulterous relationship with his wife's publisher, a rich, urbane woman of Jewish ancestry. His boss, Axel Frossman, knows of the

Cast & Crew Claim Hollywood South Production Failed to Pay Nearly $200k

Shooting the film The Dark Tales of El Diablo employed dozens of local industry veterans. However, months after filming wrapped, the cast and crew say they that nearly $200,000 in wages have not been paid. The unhappy parties worked on an independent segment of the film called The Devil's Brake, which they shot for nine days this June outside of Slidell, Louisiana. At completion, they were assured of prompt payment by Writer/Director/Producer Spencer F. Lee, but most of the crew say that they have not received checks and some of those that did receive checks have been unable to cash them due to insufficient funds.

Film Review: Ida

American cinema doesn't make films like Ida, a moody character study from director Pawel Pawlikowski. After making Summer of Love [2004] and The Woman in the Fifth [2011], Pawlikowski has left behind English and actors readily known to English-speakers to present his countrymen this grim reminder of their past.

Film Review: Frank

After a run of crummy movies, Frank feels far superior than it actually is. Brendan Gleeson's son, Domhnall, plays Jon, a wannabe songwriter/keyboardist. Drifting through humdrum, he discovers an unpronounceable assembly of letters announcing the strangest band you'd expect in a Sundance-independent quirky comedy. Of course, Sundance-independent means that Michael Fassbender (lead vocalist/wearer of huge fiberglass head) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (weird electric cat howler/backing vocals) lead the band.

Film Review: The November Man

Now is the winter of our discontent, made inglorious summer by another appalling, jejune movie. Films spotlighting a lone middle-age man kills dozens of people while taking a young woman somewhere should not be produced anymore. Alas, the previews for the disapointment that is Novemebr Man promise at least another two films of the formula. Hollywood now makes movies the same way GM makes cars. Sheer size, tradition and intermittent government assistance keep the assembly lines of shoddy products churning.

Intense Experience

New Service Creates Reels for Aspiring Actors

Dream of screen acting? Actor/Director/Entrepreneur Vanessa Cloke suggests finding an agent: no agent, no real acting work. How do you get an agent? That remains tricky, even in a city with expanding performance opportunities. "One of the biggest challenges to even getting an agent out here," Cloke explains over coffee in Mid-City, "because it's becoming extremely exclusive, is if you don't have footage so they can see your acting, if you don't have a resume, if you don't have credits, you probably won't get an agent."

NOVAC Drills PA's at Boot Camp

New Orleans Video Access Center [NOVAC], working with the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, finished a two-day "PA Bootcamp" this weekend. The "PA" means production assistants, who work on movie and television sets, performing a wide-array of duties. "It's really an entry level view of the film industry for people who are interested in getting in, in any capacity," says NOVAC's Executive Director Darcy McKinnon. "So we recommend it highly to anyone who wants to be in the industry."

Film Review: Kink

After one dismisses the splash and spank of its BDSM subject matter, James Franco produced Kink is simply a film with structural shortcomings. If you don't know what "BDSM" means, by all means drop the term in a search engine. You may not want to do this at work, with kids around, or at a library. The millions of hits that result demonstrate the popularity of the subject matter, but kink never saves or damns Kink. The way that the film is made does the latter.


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